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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

  

 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2014 

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Transition Period from              to             

Commission File Number 000-25032

 

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

DELAWARE

25-1724540

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

600 Mayer Street

Bridgeville, PA 15017

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(412) 257-7600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes      No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Smaller reporting company

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes      No  

As of April 28, 2014, there were 7,061,033 shares of the Registrant’s common stock outstanding.

 

 


 

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

PAGE NO.

PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

1

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

2

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

 

3

 

Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

4

Item 2.

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

8

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

13

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

 

13

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

 

13

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

 

13

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

13

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

 

13

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

 

13

Item 5.

Other Information

 

14

Item 6.

Exhibits

 

14

Signatures 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

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Part I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Information)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

46,667 

 

$

49,135 

Cost of products sold

 

 

40,607 

 

 

44,489 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

 

 

6,060 

 

 

4,646 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

4,628 

 

 

4,479 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

1,432 

 

 

167 

Interest expense and other financing costs

 

 

(863)

 

 

(689)

Other income, net

 

 

 

 

28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

573 

 

 

(494)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

1,072 

 

 

(534)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(499)

 

$

40 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per common share - Basic

 

$

(0.07)

 

$

0.01 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per common share - Diluted

 

$

(0.07)

 

$

0.01 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

7,014,836 

 

 

6,924,131 

Diluted

 

 

7,014,836 

 

 

7,063,703 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.

 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in Thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Derived from

 

 

 

 

 

audited

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

statements)

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

93 

 

$

307 

Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $85 and $84, respectively)

 

 

28,062 

 

 

21,447 

Inventory, net

 

 

91,178 

 

 

82,593 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

12,361 

 

 

13,042 

Other current assets

 

 

4,566 

 

 

3,906 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

136,260 

 

 

121,295 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

201,340 

 

 

203,590 

Goodwill

 

 

20,268 

 

 

20,268 

Other long-term assets

 

 

2,541 

 

 

2,771 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

360,409 

 

$

347,924 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

26,737 

 

$

14,288 

Accrued employment costs

 

 

4,195 

 

 

3,430 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

3,000 

 

 

3,000 

Other current liabilities

 

 

1,054 

 

 

1,023 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

34,986 

 

 

21,741 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

85,057 

 

 

86,796 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

42,584 

 

 

42,532 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

668 

 

 

397 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

163,295 

 

 

151,466 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share; 1,980,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 7,351,388 and 7,310,138 shares issued, respectively

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

50,843 

 

 

49,688 

Retained earnings

 

 

148,554 

 

 

149,053 

Treasury stock, at cost; 292,855 common shares held

 

 

(2,290)

 

 

(2,290)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

197,114 

 

 

196,458 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

360,409 

 

$

347,924 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(499)

 

$

40 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4,208 

 

 

4,272 

Deferred income tax 

 

 

733 

 

 

(642)

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

525 

 

 

494 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

(6,615)

 

 

(4,967)

Inventory, net

 

 

(8,990)

 

 

(2,611)

Accounts payable

 

 

12,449 

 

 

10,008 

Accrued employment costs

 

 

765 

 

 

(975)

Income taxes

 

 

520 

 

 

70 

Other, net

 

 

(897)

 

 

(43)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

2,199 

 

 

5,646 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(1,322)

 

 

(3,624)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash used in investing activity

 

 

(1,322)

 

 

(3,624)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments on revolving credit facility

 

 

(16,045)

 

 

(20,381)

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

 

 

15,056 

 

 

18,387 

Payment on term loan facility

 

 

(750)

 

 

 -

Proceeds from the issuance of common stock

 

 

648 

 

 

241 

Payment of deferred financing costs

 

 

 -

 

 

(475)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(1,091)

 

 

(2,228)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash

 

 

(214)

 

 

(206)

Cash at beginning of period

 

 

307 

 

 

321 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at end of period

 

$

93 

 

$

115 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.  

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UNIVERSAL STAINLESS & ALLOY PRODUCTS, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1:  Nature of Business and Basis of Presentation

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (“Universal”, “we”, “our” or the “Company”), manufacture and market semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. Our manufacturing process involves melting, remelting, heat treating, hot and cold rolling, forging, machining and cold drawing of semi-finished and finished specialty steels. Our products are sold to service centers, forgers, rerollers, original equipment manufacturers and wire redrawers. Our customers further process our products for use in a variety of industries, including the aerospace, power generation, oil and gas and heavy equipment manufacturing industries. We also perform conversion services on materials supplied by customers.

The accompanying unaudited consolidated statements include the accounts of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. and its subsidiaries and are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial reports and the instructions for Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared under U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such regulations. However, we believe that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with our most recently audited financial statements and the notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the opinion of management, the accompanying financial statements include all adjustments necessary to present a fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements for the periods shown. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for the full fiscal year or any future period. The preparation of these financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Actual results may differ from our estimates. The consolidated financial statements include our accounts and the accounts of our wholly–owned subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2014 presentation.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements 

In July 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standard Update (“ASU”) 2013-11 Income Taxes (Topic 740): Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists. We adopted ASU 2013-11 during the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The update does not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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Note 2:  Net (Loss) Income per Common Share

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted net (loss) income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numerator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(499)

 

$

40 

 

Adjustment for interest expense on convertible notes (A)

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income, as adjusted

 

$

(499)

 

$

40 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denominator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding

 

 

7,014,836 

 

 

6,924,131 

 

Weighted average effect of dilutive stock options and other stock compensation

 

 

 -

 

 

139,572 

 

Weighted average effect of assumed conversion of convertible notes

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding, as adjusted 

 

 

7,014,836 

 

 

7,063,703 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per common share - Basic

 

$

(0.07)

 

$

0.01 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per common share - Diluted

 

$

(0.07)

 

$

0.01 

 

(A)

An adjustment for interest expense on convertible notes was excluded from the net (loss) income per share calculation for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, as a result of the convertible notes being antidilutive. 

We had granted options to purchase 249,800 and 143,925 shares of common stock at an average price of $37.04 and $38.72, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, which were excluded in the computation of diluted net (loss) income per common share. These outstanding options were not included in the computation of diluted net (loss) income per common share because their respective exercise prices were greater than the average market price of our common stock.  In addition, the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2014 excluded 93,752 shares for the assumed exercise of stock options and restricted stock under our share incentive plans and 427,459 shares for the assumed conversion of convertible notes, and the calculation for the three months ended March 31, 2013 excluded 427,459 shares for the assumed conversion of convertible notes, as a result of being anti-dilutive.

Note 3:  Inventory

Our inventory consists of raw materials, primarily comprised of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal and alloys such as nickel, chrome, molybdenum, manganese and copper. Our semi-finished and finished steel products are work-in-process in various stages of production or are finished products waiting to be shipped to our customers. Inventory is stated at the lower of cost or market with cost principally determined on a weighted average cost method. Such costs include the acquisition cost for raw materials and supplies, direct labor and applied manufacturing overhead. We assess market based upon actual and estimated transactions at or around the balance sheet date. Provisions are made for slow-moving inventory based upon management’s expected method of disposition.  Operating supplies are primarily comprised of forge dies and production molds and rolls that are consumed over their useful lives. Inventories consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

(in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw materials and starting stock

 

$

8,178 

 

$

6,848 

Semi-finished and finished steel products

 

 

75,924 

 

 

69,333 

Operating materials

 

 

8,825 

 

 

8,463 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross inventory

 

 

92,927 

 

 

84,644 

Less: inventory reserves

 

 

(1,749)

 

 

(2,051)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total inventory, net

 

$

91,178 

 

$

82,593 

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Note 4:   Long-Term Debt 

Long-term debt consisted of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

(in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term loan

 

$

17,750 

 

$

18,500 

Revolving credit facility

 

 

49,350 

 

 

49,350 

Convertible notes

 

 

20,000 

 

 

20,000 

Swing loan credit facility

 

 

957 

 

 

1,946 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

88,057 

 

 

89,796 

Less: current portion of long-term debt

 

 

3,000 

 

 

3,000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

$

85,057 

 

$

86,796 

Credit Facility

We have a Credit Agreement, as amended to date, (the “Credit Agreement”) with a syndication of banks which provides for a senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) and a senior secured term loan facility (the “Term Loan” and together with the Revolver, the “Facilities”) that expires in March 2017.  The Credit Agreement provides for a $105.0 million Revolver and a $20.0 million Term Loan. Under the Credit Agreement, our loan availability under the Revolver is calculated monthly based upon our accounts receivable and inventory balances.  

We are required to pay a commitment fee of 0.25% based on the daily unused portion of the Revolver. The Revolver also provides for up to $7.0 million of swing loans so long as the sum of the outstanding swing loans and the outstanding borrowings under the Revolver do not exceed the borrowing base at any given time. The Term Loan is payable in quarterly installments in the principal amount of $750,000 beginning on July 1, 2013, with the balance of the Term Loan payable in full on March 19, 2017.

Amounts outstanding under the Facilities, at our option, will bear interest at either a base rate or a LIBOR-based rate (the “LIBOR Option”), in either case calculated in accordance with the terms of the Credit Agreement. We elected to use the LIBOR Option during the three months ended March 31, 2014, which was 3.66% at March 31, 2014.  Interest on the Facilities is payable monthly.  

We are required to maintain a trailing twelve month EBITDA under the Credit Agreement of $12.0 million for the first and second quarters of 2014, and $14.0 million for the third quarter of 2014. Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014, we will be required to maintain a leverage ratio not exceeding a ratio decreasing from 3.75 to 1.00 for the period December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, 3.50 to 1.00 for the period June 30, 2015 to September 30, 2015, 3.25 to 1.00 at December 31, 2015 and 3.00 to 1.00 from March 31, 2016 through maturity.   Our fixed charge coverage ratio was not tested during the first quarter of 2014. However, we will be required to maintain a fixed charge coverage ratio increasing from 1.0 to 1.0 for the second and third quarters of 2014 to 1.1 to 1.0 from the fourth quarter of 2014 to maturity. We were in compliance with our covenants at March 31, 2014 and 2013.

Convertible Notes

In connection with the acquisition of the North Jackson facility, in August 2011, we issued $20.0 million in convertible notes (the “Notes”) to the sellers of the North Jackson facility as partial consideration of the acquisition.  The Notes are subordinated obligations and rank junior to the Facilities.  The Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 4.0% per annum, payable in cash semi-annually in arrears on each June 18 and December 18, beginning on December 18, 2011.  Unless earlier converted, the Notes mature and the unpaid principal balance is due on August 17, 2017.  The Notes and any accrued and unpaid interest are convertible into shares of our common stock at the option of the holder at an initial conversion price of $47.1675 per share of common stock.  The conversion price associated with the Notes may be adjusted in certain circumstances.  We may prepay any outstanding Notes, in whole or in part, on any date after August 17, 2014 during a fiscal quarter if our share price is greater than 140% of the then current conversion price for at least 20 of the trading days in the 30 consecutive trading day period ending on the last trading day of the immediately preceding quarter. 

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Note 5:   Fair Value Measurement

The fair value hierarchy has three levels based on the inputs used to determine fair value, which are as follows:

Level 1 — Unadjusted quoted prices available in active markets for the identical assets or liabilities at the measurement date.

Level 2 — Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, or unadjusted quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability.

Level 3 — Unobservable inputs that cannot be corroborated by observable market data and reflect the use of significant management judgment. These values are generally determined using pricing models for which the assumptions utilize management’s estimates of market participant assumptions.

The fair value hierarchy requires the use of observable market data when available. In instances where the inputs used to measure fair value fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy, the fair value measurement has been determined based on the lowest level input significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. Our assessment of the significance of a particular item to the fair value measurement in its entirety requires judgment, including the consideration of inputs specific to the asset or liability.

The carrying amounts of our cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable approximated fair value at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 due to their short-term maturities (Level 1). The fair value of the Term Loan, Revolver and swing loans at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 approximated the carrying amount as the interest rate is based upon floating short-term interest rates (Level 2).  At March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the fair value of our Notes was approximately $23.3 million (Level 2).  

Note 6:   Commitments and Contingencies

From time to time, various lawsuits and claims have been or may be asserted against us relating to the conduct of our business, including routine litigation relating to commercial and employment matters. The ultimate cost and outcome of any litigation or claim cannot be predicted with certainty. Management believes, based on information presently available, that the likelihood that the ultimate outcome of any such pending matter will have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, or liquidity or a material impact on our results of operations is remote, although the resolution of one or more of these matters may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations for the period in which the resolution occurs.

Note 7:  Income Taxes

Management estimates the annual effective income tax rate quarterly, based on current annual forecasted results. Items unrelated to current year ordinary income are recognized entirely in the period identified as a discrete item of tax. The quarterly income tax provision is comprised of tax on ordinary income provided at the most recent estimated annual effective tax rate, increased or decreased for the tax effect of discrete items.

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, our estimated annual effective tax rate applied to ordinary income was 35.4% and 33.7%, respectively.  Our overall effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2014, which reflects federal and state taxable income, also includes net discrete tax expenses of $869,000 due to a change in the state tax rate to zero percent (0%) for qualified New York manufacturers, a pending settlement with Pennsylvania regarding certain expenses deducted, and research and development (“R&D”) tax credits.  On March 31, 2014, new tax legislation was enacted in New York that reduced the state net income tax rate to zero percent (0%) for qualified manufacturers for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.  A “qualified manufacturer” is defined as a manufacturer having all or at least $1.0 million of its manufacturing property in New York, and at least 50% of its receipts must be from manufacturing.  We are a qualified manufacturer under this definition.  Prior to this legislation, our facility in Dunkirk operated in a New York State Empire Zone and qualified to benefit from investments made and employees hired, and as such, we had recorded a deferred tax asset on these investments.  As a result of this new legislation, we have placed a full valuation allowance on our remaining corresponding deferred tax assets in the amount of $596,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2014.  In addition, we reached a settlement with Pennsylvania on certain expenses which had been deducted for state income tax purposes during the 2005-2007 tax years.  As a result of this matter, we recorded a discrete tax charge of $247,000, net of the federal tax benefit, during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 related to this settlement and all remaining open tax years. 

The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was positively affected by the benefit of $368,000 for R&D tax credits, which was considered to be a discrete tax item. Including the effect of the discrete tax items, our effective tax rate (benefit) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 was 187.1% and (108.1)%, respectively.

 

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ITEM  2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Forward-Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains or incorporates forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995, which involves risks and uncertainties. The following information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated financial information and the notes thereto included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. You should not place undue reliance on these forward looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially due to competitive factors and other factors referred to in Part 1A. Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. These factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward looking statement. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate, and management’s beliefs and assumptions. In addition, other written or oral statements that constitute forward looking statements may be made by us or on our behalf. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “may,” “target,” “project,” or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict.

Business Overview

We manufacture and market semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. Our manufacturing process involves melting, remelting, heat treating, hot and cold rolling, forging, machining and cold drawing of semi-finished and finished specialty steels. Our products are sold to rerollers, forgers, service centers, original equipment manufacturers and wire redrawers. Our customers further process our products for use in a variety of industries, including the aerospace, power generation, oil and gas and general industrial markets. We also perform conversion services on materials supplied by customers.

During the first quarter of 2014, we experienced an increased demand for our products as our revenues increased to $46.7 million, an increase of $6.4 million, or 16%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 as market conditions appear to be improving, especially in the aerospace end market.  Our backlog, before surcharges, increased by approximately 26% over the fourth quarter of 2013 to $58.8 million, and we are still experiencing an increase in our bookings as we move into the second quarter of 2014.  Price increases and rising nickel prices are also fueling improved customer order activity.   We also continue to add more customers as we achieve customer approvals of our newer products out of our North Jackson facility.

Our overall manufacturing activity operating levels increased in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the last half of 2013 when we were flexing production levels up and down due to unfavorable business conditions.  In the first quarter of 2014, we strategically increased our inventory levels on certain product grades as a result of increased customer activity and improving business conditions.  With increased operating levels compared to the last half of 2013 and a more favorable sales mix in the first quarter of 2014 along with improved yields, our gross margins for the first quarter of 2014  improved significantly, as our overall gross margin was approximately 13% compared to 4% in the fourth quarter of 2013.  We also experienced increased costs related to severe weather conditions in the first quarter of 2014, especially natural gas prices; however, these costs were somewhat offset by favorable workers compensation costs.  In addition, we have worked through a portion of our higher cost inventory that was produced in 2013 and are experiencing a better alignment of surcharges compared to the last half of 2013, as nickel prices continue to increase throughout the first four months of 2014.

Although we believe business conditions will continue to improve throughout the remainder of 2014, we will remain diligent in controlling our costs and capital expenditures while managing our debt and working capital levels as we continue to execute on our strategy to move to higher value products to further drive our future profitability and growth.

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Results of Operations

Three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

(in thousands, except per shipped ton information)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Dollar / ton variance

 

Percentage variance

 

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stainless steel 

 

$

36,627 

 

78.5 

%

 

$

35,477 

 

72.2 

%

 

$

1,150 

 

3.2 

%

High-strength low alloy steel

 

 

3,795 

 

8.1 

 

 

 

6,593 

 

13.4 

 

 

 

(2,798)

 

(42.4)

 

Tool steel

 

 

3,672 

 

7.9 

 

 

 

4,984 

 

10.1 

 

 

 

(1,312)

 

(26.3)

 

High-temperature alloy steel

 

 

1,220 

 

2.6 

 

 

 

1,270 

 

2.6 

 

 

 

(50)

 

(3.9)

 

Conversion services and other sales

 

 

1,353 

 

2.9 

 

 

 

811 

 

1.7 

 

 

 

542 

 

66.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net sales

 

 

46,667 

 

100.0 

 

 

 

49,135 

 

100.0 

 

 

 

(2,468)

 

(5.0)

 

Cost of products sold

 

 

40,607 

 

87.0 

 

 

 

44,489 

 

90.5 

 

 

 

(3,882)

 

(8.7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

 

 

6,060 

 

13.0 

 

 

 

4,646 

 

9.5 

 

 

 

1,414 

 

30.4 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

4,628 

 

9.9 

 

 

 

4,479 

 

9.2 

 

 

 

149 

 

3.3 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

1,432 

 

3.1 

 

 

 

167 

 

0.3 

 

 

 

1,265 

 

NM

 

Interest expense and other financing costs

 

 

(863)

 

(1.9)

 

 

 

(689)

 

(1.4)

 

 

 

(174)

 

25.3 

 

Other income

 

 

 

 -

 

 

 

28 

 

0.1 

 

 

 

(24)

 

(85.7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

573 

 

1.2 

 

 

 

(494)

 

(1.0)

 

 

 

1,067 

 

(216.0)

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 

1,072 

 

2.3 

 

 

 

(534)

 

(1.1)

 

 

 

1,606 

 

(300.7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(499)

 

(1.1)

%

 

$

40 

 

0.1 

%

 

$

(539)

 

NM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons shipped

 

 

9,325 

 

 

 

 

 

9,626 

 

 

 

 

 

(301)

 

(3.1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales dollars per shipped ton

 

$

5,005 

 

 

 

 

$

5,104 

 

 

 

 

$

(99)

 

(1.9)

%  

NM – Not meaningful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Segment Information 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Dollar variance

 

Percentage variance

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service centers

 

$

28,791 

 

61.7 

%

 

$

32,509 

 

66.2 

%

 

$

(3,718)

 

(11.4)

%  

Forgers

 

 

6,382 

 

13.7 

 

 

 

6,629 

 

13.5 

 

 

 

(247)

 

(3.7)

 

Rerollers

 

 

6,225 

 

13.3 

 

 

 

5,502 

 

11.2 

 

 

 

723 

 

13.1 

 

Original equipment manufacturers

 

 

3,916 

 

8.4 

 

 

 

3,684 

 

7.5 

 

 

 

232 

 

6.3 

 

Conversion services and other sales

 

 

1,353 

 

2.9 

 

 

 

811 

 

1.6 

 

 

 

542 

 

66.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net sales

 

$

46,667 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

49,135 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

(2,468)

 

(5.0)

%  

 

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Melt Type Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Dollar variance

 

Percentage variance

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialty alloys

 

$

42,616 

 

91.3 

%

 

$

46,122 

 

93.9 

%

 

$

(3,506)

 

(7.6)

%  

Premium alloys (A)

 

 

2,698 

 

5.8 

 

 

 

2,202 

 

4.5 

 

 

 

496 

 

22.5 

 

Conversion services and other sales

 

 

1,353 

 

2.9 

 

 

 

811 

 

1.6 

 

 

 

542 

 

66.8 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net sales

 

$

46,667 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

49,135 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

(2,468)

 

(5.0)

%  

 

 

 

(A)

Premium alloys represent all vacuum induction melted (VIM) products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Market Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Amount

 

Percentage of net sales

 

Dollar variance

 

Percentage variance

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerospace

 

$

26,707 

 

57.2 

%

 

$

25,735 

 

52.4 

%

 

$

972 

 

3.8 

%  

Power generation

 

 

5,415 

 

11.6 

 

 

 

5,759 

 

11.7 

 

 

 

(344)

 

(6.0)

 

Oil & gas

 

 

4,249 

 

9.1 

 

 

 

6,292 

 

12.8 

 

 

 

(2,043)

 

(32.5)

 

Heavy equipment

 

 

3,959 

 

8.5 

 

 

 

5,516 

 

11.2 

 

 

 

(1,557)

 

(28.2)

 

General industrial, conversion services and other sales

 

 

6,337 

 

13.6 

 

 

 

5,833 

 

11.9 

 

 

 

504 

 

8.6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net sales

 

$

46,667 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

49,135 

 

100.0 

%

 

$

(2,468)

 

(5.0)

%  

 

Net sales:

Net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased $2.5 million, or 5.0%, as compared to the same period in 2013.  This decrease primarily reflects a 3.1% decrease in consolidated shipments for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to the same prior year period. Included in the $2.5 million decrease in net sales is a decrease of $1.7 million in net sales related to reduced sales levels from one of our larger customers as they decided to insource production of certain products that they previously purchased from us. In addition, our sales dollars per shipped ton decreased by 1.9% from the first quarter of 2013 to the current quarter. This reduction is primarily the result of product mix as well as lower overall selling prices in the current quarter.  Our product sales to all of our end markets, except aerospace and conversion services, decreased as noted in the above table.  During the first quarter of 2014, we recognized a $496,000, or 22.5%, increase in premium alloy sales when compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2013.  Our premium alloy sales increased from 4.5% of total sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 to 5.8% in the current quarter.  Our premium alloy sales are primarily to the aerospace end market.

Gross margin:

Our gross margin, as a percentage of sales, was 13.0% and 9.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.  The improvement in our first quarter 2014 gross margin when compared to the same prior year period is largely a result of lower raw material costs, improved yields and product mix, and higher operating levels due to improved business conditions.  Our material costs as a percentage of sales were 50.2% and 54.3% for the quarters ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.  

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Selling, general and administrative expenses:

Our selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses consist primarily of employee costs, which include salaries, payroll taxes and benefit related costs, legal and accounting services, stock compensation and insurance costs.  SG&A expenses increased by $149,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013 primarily due to employee related costsAs a percentage of sales, our SG&A expenses increased from 9.2% during the first quarter of 2013 to 9.9% in the current quarter primarily as a result of the 5% reduction in our net sales quarter over quarter        

Interest expense and other financing costs:

Our interest expense and other financing costs increased from $689,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 to $863,000 in the same period of 2014. This increase is primarily due to higher interest rates incurred on our debt in 2014 when compared to 2013 and higher amortization costs as a result of our two amendments to our credit facilities in 2013. Our interest rates are determined by a LIBOR-based rate plus an applicable margin based upon achieving certain covenant levels.  During the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, we recognized $165,000 and $81,000, respectively, of deferred financing amortization.

Income tax provision (benefit):

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013,  our estimated annual effective tax rate applied to ordinary income was 35.4% and 33.7%, respectively. Our overall effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2014, which reflects federal and state taxable income, also includes net discrete tax expenses of $869,000 due to a change in the state tax rate to zero percent (0%) for qualified New York manufacturers, a pending settlement with Pennsylvania regarding certain expenses deducted, and research and development (“R&D”) tax credits.  On March